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His SPD colleague Karl Lauterbach has just positioned himself on new requirements in the catering sector, and now Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) has also submitted a proposal for measures to combat the corona crisis.
He expects the corona consultations from the federal and state governments this Friday to provide further information on how to work more in the home office in Germany. "I am assuming that the federal government and the prime ministers will once again make it very, very clear which rules already apply and must be complied with," Heil told the dpa news agency in Berlin. "This also includes the requirements for home office."
Heil recalled that the Infection Protection Act regulates that home offices must be offered and used wherever possible.
Since then, home office has been used more intensively again.
"But there is still room for improvement," said Heil.
"That is why there is now a clear appeal to companies to offer home offices wherever possible and a clear request to employees to work from home whenever possible."
It is now once again important to reduce social contacts and thus also to make a contribution to society against the spread of the virus.
"Last spring, we made a significant contribution to reducing infections with the home office regulation - not yet with Omikron at the time," said Heil.
"This is all the more necessary now with the more contagious variant."
Heil appeals to "economic reason"
Heil emphasized: "We have to further reduce the number of contacts in order to be able to keep social life and schools open." In the current situation, home office is not only a question of personal responsibility, but also of social solidarity.
"And it is a question of economic reason so that we can get our economy and the labor market through the winter well."
The SPD politician emphasized: "But it is also clear: In the long term, only vaccinations will help us." That is why his urgent appeal is to get vaccinated.
"We are also massively expanding the offers, so many job centers are now also taking part in the vaccination campaign."
At their first video switch after the turn of the year, the minister-presidents want to discuss the rapidly increasing number of infections and other protective measures with Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) from 1 p.m.
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